Lasher (Mayfair Witches Series #2)

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Anne Rice brings us once again -- even more magically -- into the midst of the dynasty of witches she introduced in The Witching Hour.

At the center: the brilliant and beautiful Rowan Mayfair, queen of the coven, and Lasher, the darkly compelling demon whom she finds irresistible and from whose evil spell and vision she must now flee. She takes with her their terrifying and exquisite child, one of "a brood of children born knowing, able to stand and talk on the first day." ...

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Overview

Anne Rice brings us once again -- even more magically -- into the midst of the dynasty of witches she introduced in The Witching Hour.

At the center: the brilliant and beautiful Rowan Mayfair, queen of the coven, and Lasher, the darkly compelling demon whom she finds irresistible and from whose evil spell and vision she must now flee. She takes with her their terrifying and exquisite child, one of "a brood of children born knowing, able to stand and talk on the first day." Rowan's attempt to escape Lasher and his pursuit of her and their child are at the heart of this extraordinary saga. It is a novel that moves around the globe, backward and forward through time, and between the human and demonic worlds. With a dreamlike power, the novel draws us through twilight paths, telling a chillingly hypnotic story of occult and spiritual aspirations and passion.

Joe Morton has appeared in the films Of Mice and Men, Forever Young and Terminator 2, and starred in Brother from Another Planet. On television, he appeared in "Equal Justice" and starred in producer Robert De Niro's anthology series "Tribeca."

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The sequel and conclusion to Rice's The Witching Hour (1990) shows Rice both at her best and at her hackiest. Volume One brought forth the Mayfair Witches, an incestuous family in New Orleans' steamy Garden District, headed by supersurgeon Rowan Mayfair, who is putting some of the family's seven-and-a-half billion into the Mayfair Medical Institute. At that novel's end, Rowan had given birth to an "entity" on the living-room rug that, assuming human shape, had nearly killed husband Michael in the swimming pool, then abducted Rowan. Now the evil being—which looks like Diorer's Christ and has been using witches in the Mayfair line to have itself reborn after dying time and again since the earliest days of the Reformation in Scotland—is skipping about Europe while trying to breed with Rowan and give birth to a female demon. But these porny pages don't arrive until we wade through 200 tediously undramatic sheets of dialogue filler quite lacking in storytelling oomph—though we are treated to teenygenius Mona Mayfair's seduction of the recovering Michael. All this is a case of background detail turning story into tapestry. Once Rice plunges us into Rowan's long rape, two miscarriages, and at last the birth of Emaleth, sister/wife for Rowan's demonic son Lasher, the novel lights up with rocket blast. How will Rowan escape her tyrant son, whose endless suckling and inseminating keeps her constantly orgasmic and horrified? But pigging out on Rowan's plight takes up only about 200 pages all told, and then more background filler—well, the novel's huge mythic underpinning—dims our spirits, although the story of Uncle Julien, as told by Julien's ghost to Michael,dances nicely. Too much Rice-A-Roni, but addicts will lick the pot.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679421733
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/12/1993
  • Series: Mayfair Witches Series , #2
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 2 Cassettes
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.99 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Rice is the author of twenty-six books. She lives in La Jolla, California.
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    1. Also Known As:
      A. N. Roquelaure, Anne Rampling
    2. Hometown:
      Palm Desert, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 4, 1941
    2. Place of Birth:
      New Orleans, Louisiana
    1. Education:
      B.A., San Francisco State University, 1964; M.A., 1971
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2008

    Even Better 2nd time around...

    I just finished unpacking, and found it. I read this book back when i was 24, I am now 33 and the book was even better this time around, now its making me want to read all the other books over again. Lasher was soooo delicious, and his past with the family...Love Hate relationship. I wanted more like i want chocolate. Brilliant! I just wish that she would expand more on the witches chro., maybe even bring him back. Oh How I depised him, and the family was just Fabulous!!!!Julien need his on book!!!! GREAT READ, GREAT READ!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2005

    Great book until the end...

    I enjoyed reading this book but the ending was not up to par. I was disappointed, personally. The book seemed to veer off to a totally different pace and feeling towards the end and it makes it almost annoying. I enjoy Anne Rice, but this is far from her best work!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Don't Bother

    I love Anne Rice but this was so boring. I forced myself to finish it but I will not read Taltos.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Short

    Love this world of sorrow, crazyness, amazing tales, I recommend this series to everyone with strong stomach for this type of literature, Anne Rice has become my favorite Author!!!!! It took me less than two weeks to read it and I'm half threw Taltos!!!!
    Love every bit of this series!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    leaves me feeling numb

    Can't bring my self to read another chapter
    Was going to have to read this for book club after we read the 1st book which sickend me
    Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of Anne's books that i enjoy but i just can't do another incest, monster sex, fetus snatching, sad male hero's filled book

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

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    One of my Favorites.

    I did not really get into the vampire chronicles but I have to say, the Mayfair Witch series is one of my all time favorites. This is a definate must read and it will keep your attention and wanting more.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Disappointed...

    For me this book was not as captivating as was its predecessor, The Witching Hour. Lasher just seemed to wander with no main plot and periodically I had to force myself to pick the book up to continue reading.

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

    I first read the Mayfair Witches series many years ago, when it

    I first read the Mayfair Witches series many years ago, when it was first published. It remains one of my favorites, more so than her Vampire Chronicles. Such an intricate dance of characters and plot... it demands your attention.

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  • Posted October 16, 2012

    A sequel that is worth the read!

    This second book in the Mayfair Witch series follows the first book, but expands to an incredible story which holds you captivated. Extremely enjoyable, and thought provoking.z

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Great

    Anne Rice is the best!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Best book ive read in years.

    It takes a good book to keep me interested and i couldnt put this one down

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2012

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    Good book

    Good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    If you like a good mystery - read this book!

    Grpipping, seductive mystery... couldn't put this book down. Very entertaining, well written. This is the second book in the series though. I read the first and had to read this one as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Amazing!!

    Love every book in this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Loved it.

    Super scary. Seductive. Had to keep turning the page to see what was next.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Another good one.

    I enjoyed this book from start to finish.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

    Lasher's story dragged on a bit but other than that i could not put the nook down!!!

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    a great read

    a very good book. very long, but worth it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Lasher, the Mayfair Witches trilogy, Book 2

    Coming soon.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    Was no where near as good as the first book in the series!

    This one kind of dragged on. It took me forever to finish because I just wasn't really feeling this book.

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